Tuesday, October 17, 2006

$ 10,000 arts grant and a pretty nice fez!

The Derrick mentions Oil City Arts Champ Joann Wheeler's artist meet up this weekend.

Appalachian Arts held a grand opening Saturday showcasing chainsaw-carved art. The project was funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Erie blogger Emma Steinfeld writes:
On Friday, October 20, 2006, Mary Doria Russell, author of A Thread of Grace, the 2006 One Book One Erie selection, will be hosting a writing workshop in the Admiral Room at the Blasco Library at 10:00 a.m.

I understand from speaking with those involved in the One Book One Erie project that there are still some spaces available at this event.

If you have to ask if a "Vintage Shriner's Zem Zem jeweled fez for the Venango County President of 1960." would make a good Chrsitmas present for me, well, then you just don't know me as well as I thought you did.

Lots of Pittsburgh news:
"The Kill Pit," an eight-hour drama series coming to cable's Spike TV, will film in Pittsburgh in early 2007.

Pittsburgh area artistLorraine Brinit Bush paints movie monsters. Shadyside's Gallerie Chiz opens Bush's first gallery show Friday, a Halloween-themed show that also includes puppets and masks by Cheryl Capezzuti.

City Theatre's seventh Young Playwrights Festival actually began last week, with readings of three middle school semifinalists, but it swings into high gear this week, with staged versions of the three winning middle-school plays. The high school plays follow next week. All four playwrights (one play is by twins) are girls.

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., artists, comic creators, zinesters and "other crafty Pittsburghers" will showcase their work. Unicorn Mountain will debut a new art book called "Wolfman's Got Nards: A Compendium of New American Monsters," which features a new monster creation on every page. Then, from 7 p.m. to midnight, there is a hard-hitting underground music lineup with Don Caballero, Zombi, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Washington, D.C.'s the Apes.

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